2015 Civic Engagement Projects Aim To Solve Community Problems

Leon Fooksman
Leadership Palm Beach County
October 2, 2014

2015 Civic Engagement Projects Aim To Solve Community Problems
 

The new Leadership Palm Beach County class has selected five projects that will team up the 50 members of our class to solve the needs of some of our community’s most vital nonprofits and the people (and animals) they serve. 
 
“This year’s civic engagement projects will benefit from the talents, diversity and community contacts of our class’s top-tier leaders in a variety of industries to make a difference in the quality of life across our community,” said Christina Lambert, executive director of Leadership Palm Beach County. 
 
Here are the selected projects:
 
Guardian Ad Litem – Palm Beach County -- Help promote the program and increase the number of guardians available for kids who've been removed from their homes.
 
El Sol -- Plan a summer camp program for disadvantaged youth.
 
Vita Nova -- Assist with organization’s Thrift Shop that benefits young adults aging out of foster care. 
 
Mental Health Association of Palm Beach County -- Spread the word that talking about mental health is important and shouldn't be taboo.
 
Peggy Adams Animal Rescue League --- Work with the agency and others in our community to ensure no cats need to be euthanized.
 
Since our founding in 1983, community engagement has been a guiding principle of Leadership Palm Beach County. Each year, the new class decides on the projects from a list of nonprofits vying for their projects to be selected by the class. The class, broken up into smaller groups, spends nearly a year planning, executing and ensuring the project has a lasting impact in our community. 
 
Past projects have included the development of countywide ethics initiative in response to the convictions of several county and municipal elected officials. 
 
Out of that project, a committee was formed to study best practices in ethics policy and education, survey opinion leaders, advise on public policy and host community-wide forums on ethics. The committee went on to partner with other community organizations to advise on and draft county ordinances for a referendum to establish a Commission on Ethics, Office of Inspector General and a Code of Ethics as part of the county’s charter. 
 
“That’s the magnitude our Civic Engagement Projects can have,” Lambert said. “Our hope is that all the hands-on projects make a difference in the quality of life across our community.” 
 
Congratulations to all of the nonprofits that were selected for our 2015 Civic Engagement Projects!
 

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Leadership Palm Beach County, Inc., is an educational 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization designed to foster awareness of community issues and promote efficient communication and cooperative relationships between existing and emerging community leaders. LPBC’s stated mission is to educate and unite leaders to build a better community.  Initiated in 1983 through a collaborative effort of the local Chambers of Commerce, LPBC has prepared more than 1,000 graduates for enhanced community leadership roles.

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